Above Photo Credit: Doug Kerr
Travel to the Coolidge Historical Site in Plymouth. It was here in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, that vacationing Vice President Calvin Coolidge received an urgent call from Washington D.C. informing him of the death of President Warren Harding. His father, a Notary Public, immediately swore in Coolidge as the 30th President of the United States. Unique in American history, this event occurred by the light of a kerosene lamp in the old family homestead on August 3, 1923 at 2:47 a.m. One year later, President Coolidge established his Summer White House office in the dance hall on the second floor above the local general store. Plymouth Notch remains a pristine example of an early 20th century Vermont hill town. The homestead remains exactly as it was the night Coolidge took office. In fact, much of the village of Plymouth Notch is unchanged since the early 20th century. The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is considered one of the best-preserved Presidential sites in the nation. Visitors may tour the Plymouth Cheese Factory - established by the President's father - and sample the granular curd cheese produced there.
After your visit at the Historical Site, relax over lunch at the historic Wilder House Restaurant located at the site.
After lunch board the coach and travel into Quechee. Stop at the renowned Simon Pearce Glass Studio, where you will see craftsmen blow glass into beautiful pieces of art and glassware that are renown throughout the world. There will be time to browse through the store and to do some shopping.
Visit Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” Enjoy beautiful vistas from 168 feet above the river. There will be time to walk along the paths to the waterfall and to take some photos.
End your time in Quechee with a visit to Quechee Gorge Village. Here, you will discover a unique shopping experience featuring fine crafts, classic antiques, wine tastings, clothing and Vermont specialty foods for sampling and purchasing!